The Catholic Fundraiser

Stewards of Mission: What It Means and Why It Matters

Posted by Dawn M.S. Miller, CFRE on 8/29/18 8:33 AM

“Fundraising is a very concrete way to help the Kingdom of God come about.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Spirituality of Fundraising

Stewards of mission: What does that mean as fundraisers? Yes, we need to keep our missions in the center of all we do. Everything else flows from mission, right? That’s our guiding light, our north star, our EVERYTHING.

As stewards of mission, leaders must be actively involved with mission advancement efforts. At some organizations, that means at least 50 percent of a leader’s time is spent cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors. Fundraisers can’t, and shouldn’t, do it alone.

So, how can fundraising professionals continually engage organizational leaders for the greater good of the mission and work together? For most of us, it all begins with the “golden triangle” of fundraising.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Catholic Fundraising Resources, Annual Conference

Do You Know What Energizes You?

Posted by Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF on 11/25/16 10:44 AM

In a blog written in February 2015, Dominick Quartuccio writes about personal energy. He states that personal energy is experienced in four dimensions: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. In his blog he goes on to describe, in more detail, how each of these facets of the human experience impacts our personal energy.

In talking about the physical, Quartuccio addresses issues that most of us could probably identify with: diet, sleep and exercise. However, his emphasis is on “renewal.” In his comments regarding the emotional dimension, he poses this question, “How differently do we behave at work from how we behave at home?” When considering the mental dimension, he talks about focus. How well do we focus our efforts? Upon what do we focus our time? Finally, he discusses the spiritual dimension. It is this dimension that all the other dimensions, and our personal energy itself, finds its meaning and purpose.

While I think there may be some personal implications in Quartuccio’s blog for all of us, it seems we might also be able to glean a few ideas from this blog about how to energize our departments and our programs as well.

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Topics: Organizational Culture

10 Ways to Energize Your Board

Posted by Debra Beck, Ed.D. on 9/14/16 10:00 AM

Below, I offer ten ways to deepen your board’s engagement and members’ motivation to lead.

Board Gifts

Take stock of the gifts your members already bring to the boardroom table. Make an effort to mine those previously unknown talents that could be called to service for the board and your agency. Take the time to appreciate those gifts, to show that they are valued and that they make a difference, on a regular basis. Use them as the foundation for building board capacity.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Organizational Structure

Time Is Scarce But Success Doesn’t Have To Be

Posted by Theresa A. Shubeck on 7/27/16 10:00 AM

A colleague recently invited me to speak to Catholic school development professionals on the topic of the “one person” advancement shop.

I gladly accepted, having been on both sides of a small development shop, including 21 years collaborating with clients who had increasing expectations without the benefit of additional staff or time. My colleague also informed me that mine would be the last slot in a full schedule of workshops.  I wondered who would be interested enough to stick around after a long day of information overload.

As it turned out, the room was overflowing.  Energy was high and participants eagerly desired to become more effective in their roles.  I was immediately inspired by them — mission-oriented, dedicated, faith-focused professionals who constantly juggle too many demands.

The distinct attributes of these professionals are undoubtedly mirrored by many of you. Yet it is precisely those admirable qualities which may undermine your ability to maximize the use of your limited time.

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Topics: Organizational Culture

Tips to Use and Habits to Lose: 3 Signs of Resistance

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 5/17/16 3:34 PM

In her book, Spiritlinking Leadership noted clinical psychologist, Dr. Donna Markham, OP, encourages leaders to recognize manifestations of resistance. She then offers strategies for leaders to work through resistance. Here are three signs of resistance, which Dr. Markham identified.

Lose It!


Projection is attributing something unwanted to another. Often circumstances or situations beyond one’s control are blamed for things. In mission development efforts, this can be manifested by

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Topics: Tips to Use & Habits to Lose, Organizational Culture, Organizational Structure